Exhibition Divine interiors

<div> This unique exhibition takes you inside Antwerp&rsquo;s churches in the time of Rubens. Enjoy centuries-old architectural paintings in the attractive Museum Mayer van den Bergh, then take a stroll through the city and discover six Antwerp churches in reality. Thanks to an app featuring 3D reconstructions, two vanished churches will also come to life before your eyes.&nbsp;</div>

 

Masterpieces of perspective

For the Catholic Church, the sixteenth century was one of the most turbulent periods in history. As a result of the destruction of religious images known as the Beeldenstorm or Iconoclasm, artists were forced to turn to a new style. Painters such as Hans Vredeman de Vries and Hendrik van Steenwijck produced portraits of church interiors. These masterpieces of perspective give a unique insight into daily life in Antwerp’s churches, 450 years ago.

House of prayer and meeting place

In the exhibition you can discover how St Charles Borromeo’s Church looked before the Great Fire, how the cathedral was remodelled after the Calvinist regime and how it then came to be used for revelling, gossiping, begging and games. It also became a meeting place, and the architectural painter caught this on canvas.

A stroll through the city

You can continue the exhibition experience as you stroll through the city. An app will take you on a tour of six Antwerp churches. Thanks to 3D reconstruction you will get an image of two churches that are no longer standing: the baroque Church of the Discalced Carmelites and St Walpurga’s Church. Your exhibition ticket (8 euros) gives you free admission to four monumental churches. And if you opt for a combined ticket with the Rubens House (10 euros), you will gain admission to six locations, taking you right through the historic centre of Antwerp. 

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Lange Gasthuisstraat 19
Antwerpen
+32 3 338 81 88
www.museummayervandenbergh.be
museum.mayervandenbergh@stad.antwerpen.be

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